Do you carry when trick-or-treating?
For background, this happened in an upscale suburb outside of the city.http://www.abc24.com/news/local/story/F ... FekQA.cspx
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A vicious dog attack. Gunfire. Emergency surgery. Not such a happy Halloween for 9-year-old Chloe Mintz. But her family has high praise for the off-duty Memphis Police officer who saved her life.
Chloe was mauled by a German Shepherd while trick-or-treating at a home on Heather Leigh Lane in Cordova. The animal, a former police K-9 trained to take down and subdue a grown man, knocked its owner off her feet as it bolted from the backyard, through the entire length of the house, out the front door and into a group of kids.
The dog latched on to Chloe, her right arm and leg no match for the dog's powerful jaws.
"My daughter weighs 60 pounds," says Jay Mintz, Chloe's father, "and the dog weighs 120 pounds. I couldn't believe what I saw. The dog had gone into her arm, all the way through to the bone."
Luckily, says Mintz, an off-duty cop and his son were trick-or-treating with Chloe's group.
"The officer saw what was happening," says Mintz, "and jumped in to pull the dog off my child, at which point the dog bit him."
Mintz says that's when the cop pulled out a gun and shot the dog.
Chloe, her skeleton costume covered in blood, her limbs dotted with deep puncture wounds, her bones broken by the strength of the dog's bite, was rushed into emergency surgery. A plastic surgeon carefully stitched her up.
Her mother also needed medical attention. She tripped on some steps during the chaos and cut her knee and chin, requiring stitches.
Halloween 2011 proved to be traumatizing for the Mintz family, but Jay Mintz knows the outcome could have been deadly, if not for the quick thinking of a family friend who happened to be carrying a gun.
"I want to say this about that officer," Mintz tells abc24.com, "if that officer had not been there, every doctor I talked to last night said things would have been tremendously worse for my child."
The dog was taken to animal services and eventually put down. Memphis Police haven't charged the dog's owner with any crime. But the off-duty cop who proved to be a hero, may face disciplinary action because the weapon he used wasn't his department issued gun.
Mintz hopes the top brass at the MPD reward the officer's actions with praise, not a suspension.
"I asked him why he was carrying a gun if he was off-duty," Mintz tells abc24.com. "He told me, you just never know when you'll need it. This incident made me realize all it takes is an instant for something to happen."
Chloe was released from the hospital, and late Tuesday was back at home recuperating from her injuries.